Maternal Health


Photo Essay: Improving Community Health Services in Madagascar.
 
Today, although most of the risks of childbirth are avoidable with existing, inexpensive interventions, barriers to adequate obstetric care are widespread and persistent. JSI is committed to eliminating these barriers and ensuring that women around the world receive the health care services they need during pregnancy,childbirth, and throughout the course of their lives.

Through its programs, JSI supports the strengthening and expansion of well-coordinated client-oriented maternal health services, and works to increase the ability of the public and private sectors to provide and finance such services.

While shaped to the context of each country, JSI addresses the causes of high maternal mortality and morbidity through an approach that is based on the following principles:
  • Engage local health systems, and promote stewardship from countries’ health authorities to promote sustained interventions. Capacity building is the core of all our work because it enables countries to maintain their health gains and spread successful interventions across the system.
  • Enhance health system performance, including that of health works so that they are able to handle complications that arise during childbirth, including emergency obstetrics and newborn care (EmONC).
  • Strengthen links between communities and the formal health system by soliciting community input on quality of care, identification of barriers to seeking health care, the design of referral systems, and shaping demand for maternal health care.
  • Ensure that all women have access to the full continuum of care, including quality antenatal and postnatal care, and provision of family planning counseling and contraceptives.
  • Promote and implement evidence-based, cost-effective, and culturally appropriate interventions.
JSI designs extensive packages of tools, resources, and strategies to improve maternal health and overlapping intervention areas of family planning,nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, HIV, and health supply chain logistics. JSI incorporates cross-cutting interventions such as capacity and program development, community-based practices, and scale-up of evidence-based approaches that strengthen the performance of health systems.

To learn about ongoing maternal health work, read staff posts on JSI's blog, The Pump.

Highlights

PROJECT
View details: Ethiopia Integrated Family Health Program Plus

Ethiopia Integrated Family Health Program Plus

Through IFHP Plus, JSI is improving maternal and child health and increasing the availability and quality of services, products, and information, and strengthening the national health system to support local health needs.

FEATURE
View details: Health extension workers help an Ethiopian community improve health services for women and children

Health extension workers help an Ethiopian community improve health services for women and children

The Last 10 Kilometers project organizes local task forces in rural Ethiopia that work together to identify and overcome obstacles to maternal health initiatives in their communities.

PROJECT
View details: Russia Institutionalizing Best Practices in Maternal and Child Health (IBP-MCH)

Russia Institutionalizing Best Practices in Maternal and Child Health (IBP-MCH)

JSI introduced international best practices for improving access to, and use of, high quality reproductive, maternal, and child health services in targeted federal districts in Russia to decrease maternal and infant mortality.

FEATURE
View details: Lowering the maternal mortality rate in Nigeria

Lowering the maternal mortality rate in Nigeria

The Targeted States High Impact Project enlists religious leaders to promote healthy behavior in their communities; The Quran is used to teach healthy mothering practices, like breast feeding and allowing at least two years between pregnancies.

PROJECT
View details: Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN)

Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN)

JSI built the capacity of the health system, fostering a community-based approach and an environment of increased awareness and informed decisionmaking across all levels of the health system, to ensure a continuum of care for mothers and newborns.

FEATURE
View details: Maternity hospitals create a supportive environment for mothers-to-be in Russia

Maternity hospitals create a supportive environment for mothers-to-be in Russia

Family-centered maternity care interventions supported by the Maternal and Child Health Initiative raise the standards of delivery room practices in Russia.

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